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In Memory:
Richard and Mary Jo Stanley

The Stanley Foundation notes, with sadness, the passing of our Chair Emeritus, Richard H. Stanley, and his wife, longtime board member and Director Emerita Mary Jo Stanley.

An engineer by profession and a global businessman and world citizen at heart, Dick Stanley dedicated his life to making his community, his family, and the world a better place. At the Stanley Foundation, Dick embodied our vision, seeking a secure peace with freedom and justice, built on global citizenship and effective global governance. Mr. Stanley died November 17, following a brief illness. He was 85. 

Mary Jo joined the foundation's Board of Directors in 1984 and served in that capacity until being named a director emerita in 2001. She served for decades as a co-host of Stanley Foundation events, welcoming diplomats, officials, and scholars from around the world to international conferences on significant issues of peace and security. Mrs. Stanley died December 14. She was 83.

More on Richard Stanley.
More on Mary Jo Stanley.

Groundbreaking Progress on Climate Policy Goals 
COP23-Bonn, Germany

Several of the foundation’s climate policy goals came to fruition at the United Nations Climate Talks (COP23) in November in Bonn, Germany. Foundation staff observed the launch of the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which formed after a September event at Wilton Park, in the United Kingdom. The group's founding declaration includes language that embraces a just transition away from coal and should be carried out faithfully.

Negotiators also achieved a breakthrough after five years by agreeing to bring agriculture into the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The foundation's land use dialogues addressed this issue at an October event. Negotiators will have to keep up the momentum on agriculture into next year’s talks. 

COP23 also ushered in the Talanoa dialogue, an inclusive, yearlong consultation among all parties, including nonstate actors, that needs to surface practical solutions for intensifying climate action.

Journalists Cover UN Climate Conference
COP23-Bonn, Germany

The foundation partnered with Internews' Earth Journalism Network to bring 14 reporters to the UN Climate Talks in Bonn, Germany, in November.

Journalists taking part in the fellowship were able to interview prominent policymakers such as Erik Solheim, executive director of the UN Environment Programme.

Fellows also had the opportunity to visit the town of Saerbeck in northwest Germany to learn how that community is implementing sustainable practices and transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy.

The foundation also partnered with the Peru-based organization Libelu to bring one journalist from Latin America to COP23, reporting for Spanish-language climate change news site ConexionCOP.

Parliamentarians Pledge:
Steps to prevent violent extremism and mass violence

At the Milan Forum for Parliamentary Action in Preventing Violent Extremism and Mass Atrocities, members of parliament from more than 50 countries committed to action on preventing mass violence and violent extremism. All agreed that parliamentary leadership is critical to building resilience to mass violence, extremism, and atrocities, adopting an official Plan of Action. Read the Plan of Action.

Debra Hughes, Human Resources Generalist

Deb is an experienced HR professional. Most recently prior to joining the foundation, she worked in human resources at the University of Iowa. Deb received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Iowa and an M.B.A. from St. Ambrose University. Her certifications include senior professional in human resources from the Human Resources Certification Institute, certified employee benefit specialist from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits and senior certified professional from the Society for Human Resources Management. Learn about Deb.

Importance of Telling Stories 

Pulitzer Prize finalist Laila Lalami, author of The Moor's Account, spoke about her writing process and shared interesting stories about her native Morocco at this year's International Women Authors Event on November 9 in Rock Island, Illinois.The foundation cosponsored the event with Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC).

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The Stanley Foundation advances multilateral action to create fair, just, and lasting solutions to critical issues of peace and security. The foundation's work is built on a belief that greater international cooperation will improve global governance and enhance global citizenship. The organization values its Midwestern roots and family heritage as well as its role as a nonpartisan, private operating foundation. The Stanley Foundation does not make grants. Online at www.stanleyfoundation.org.

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